Interview with Illustrator and Creative Director Ricardo Martinez

Interview with Illustrator and Creative Director Ricardo Martinez
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Most of your creations are caricature art. How did you develop it?

Once that it was obvious that my style was going to be scratchboard, and my area of work was going to be Opinion pages, I had to start developing my caricature techniques. I’ve never been fond of caricatures, and I still don’t think I’m that good at it. First I started doing the classic caricatures deformities,: long noses, big teeth, etc.. Little by little I tuned those deformities down until I got the style I use now, which is minimum exaggerations, but I work around some distinctive facial features so that my “victim's” portrait almost looks more like himself than in real life!

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Who or what has inspired you? How did it change your perspective at the start of your career?

My inspiration comes mostly from comic strip artists, specially Hal Foster and Will Eisner, illustrators such as Gustave Doré, Frank Frazetta, James Montgomery Flagg, and cartoonists as Don Wright and my very favorite, T.S. Sullivant. Each one of them inspired me in a different way. The strength of all of these artists is the drawing. I always considered the “pencil”part of the art the most important, technique is secondary. But my main influence has been my father. He was a wonderful watercolor/oil painter.

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